To Cut, or to maybe Not Cut

JUDAISM 101: What Does Secular Humanistic Judaism Teach About Our History and Heritage?
An on-going series of classes presented by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer

TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT: The past, present and future of circumcision
March 13, 2013. 7:30-8:30pm
15 West 86th Street, New York City

Does Judaism require circumcision? Must Jews circumcise even if they identify as secular or cultural Jews who don’t practice other Jewish rituals? In this modern era, does a Jewish baby boy still have to be circumcised to be considered truly Jewish? What are the circumcision options embraced by secular rabbis?

To Cut or Not to Cut is part of a series of classes introducing Jewish history and the principles and practices of Judaism from a secular, Humanistic perspective. Explore the history of ritual circumcision with Rabbi Schweitzer. What are the origins of this practice? How was it observed or neglected over the ages? How are parents facing this choice today? What are the implications of their decisions? What makes this such an emotional issue?

“Should I circumcise my baby?” is a question that more and more Jews are asking, as they begin to weigh issues of bodily integrity alongside those of respect for tradition. There are many traditions associated with the birth of a child that cultural Jews feel free to adopt, adapt, or discard altogether. Although most secular and Humanistic Jews preserve the tradition of circumcision, Humanistic Judaism does not consider it a requirement for Jewish identity. Come find out why.

This class is open to members of the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism as well as to visitors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance using the form below.